A more just Best Picture win in the last 20-25 years would be hard to argue. One of the greatest stories ever told about the Holocaust and its unlikeliest survivors, Schindler’s List is the film that finally got the Academy to wake up and acknowledge Steven Spielberg as one of cinema’s greatest directors. And wake up they had no choice to; Schindler’s List is undoubtedly one of, if not the, greatest films to be released in my lifetime.
Everything about this film is damn near perfect, if it actually isn’t. The cinematography is flawless; every shot in every scene is just a wonder of framing and composition and movement, more so because of the self-imposed limitations Spielberg worked under: no crane shots, no Steadicam, no zoom lenses, no anything that Spielberg considered a “safety net”. Still, he manages to create such a wonderfully impeccable product that one wonders why one would need such fancy tools to make a film. The acting is superb, especially from the three male leads; Ralph Fiennes creates one of screen’s most memorable villains, and Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley each one of cinema’s greatest heroes and second-hand men. The story is perfectly paced, even if it is long, and all the more because it is true.
This is currently number 7 on IMDb’s Top 250 movies of all time, and rightly so. I would have a hard time coming up with a film as perfectly made as Schindler’s List. Everything about it just speaks volumes as to how to make a film the right way, in every way. Every moment, in every scene, is perfectly placed, and perfectly structured; really, do I need to go on about how perfect I found this film? If you haven’t seen this yet, you are depriving yourself of one of cinema’s greatest treasures for every day that you do not. It is, to be simple, unspeakable how great this film is, and people far better qualified than I can probably manage better than what I have in a paltry three paragraphs, but if I have done anything towards convincing you to watch this film, then I have done what I could, and you will thank me for it.
Arbitrary Rating: 10/10
And with that, I have officially passed the halfway mark on the list, including 2011’s recent additions. Yay.